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Top Ten Bookish Goals for 2013
- Read more books and stop wasting so much reading time fiddling around on the internet. Yeah, wish me luck on that.
- Read more books in genres I currently love (mainly horror and m/m).
- Stop forcing myself to read books that aren't my thing just to thin out the tbr pile or fulfill a review commitment. This makes me hate reading sometimes.
- Review more books. 2012 was a weird year reading-wise. I continually found myself distracted and put off reading in favor of doing anything else. I watched three seasons of Dexter, Breaking Bad and finished knitting a rather larger blanket. All when I could have been reading. The culprit? See #3.
- Listen to more audiobooks and take notes so that I can actually review them. My memory is non-existent and when I'm too lazy to take notes (which is most of the time) I end with a review that looks something like this: "Don't ask me the character names, I can't remember. This book was good because . . . well, I didn't fall asleep." No lie. I can't tell you how many pending reviews I've trashed because I couldn't recall a damn thing.
- Catch up on the backlists of some of my favorite authors specifically Amy Lane, Courtney Milan and P.L.Nunn.
- Simplify my life by donating, giving away or bookcrossing most of my tbr pile. I will never read them all even if I make it to 110, retain eyesight and my sanity (though I think its too late for that one). Some of them have been in bins since the early 90's. Once I catch up on review commitments I plan to resume my TBR Giveaway which I slacked on during my hiatus/burnout.
- Organize my collection by genre and alphabetize by author and put them all on bookshelves so I can weed through them easily. My husband did this for me once and I screwed it all up with new additions after a few months. He refuses to do it again. Can't say that I blame him. The task haunts and overwhelms me. Now most of the overflow sits in three embarrassingly extra large bins that are too easy to ignore. There are some gems hidden in there, I'm sure of it, but I don't see them so I don't read them. Why then, do I bother keep them?
- STOP collecting the freebies. It takes too much time to find one I'll love (sometimes you do get what you pay for) and sorting through the unappealing stuff sucks up way too much of my day.Not to mention downloading and converting them so I can read them (ahhh . . . someday) on my e-reader.
- Buy and read more ebooks by unknown authors. I love finding gems like P.L. Nunn's Bloodraven, Abigail Rioux Gravedigger's Brawl and Joseph Garraty's Voice.
These goals are pretty easy to meet if I check in with myself monthly and stay on track. I won't commit to reading so and so many books in 2013 because I know I'll only be setting myself up to fail (the pressure, it kills) which is why I am going to stay far, far away from the yearly challenges.
What about the rest of you? Anything you want to change up in 2013?